Good for second

Men’s basketball falls short in game for first place   In a matchup of the two teams tied for first place in the Big South standings, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team fell to the Winthrop Eagles 61-48 in a defensive contest Saturday night, Jan. 21 at the Vines Center in front of a crowd of 4,158. The Flames (11-10, […]

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Baby, bye bye bye

‘It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie’ the Flames secured a first round bye Live by the three, die by the three. In the regular season finale against the Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team did just that in an 86-81 Senior Day victory, Feb. 27. The Flames could not have asked for a […]

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Breathe

Flames remain calm after loss After storming back from an early double-digit deficit, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (2-6, 0-2 BSC) dropped another game to a Big South opponent, as they fell to the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 68-61, Saturday, Dec. 6. After winning the opening tip, birthday boy and sophomore center Evan Maxwell, picked up where he left off […]

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Call him Coach McKay

Flames basketball program hires former head coach, readies for new era On April 1, 2009, Liberty Flames men’s basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay announced he was leaving Lynchburg for Charlottesville, Virginia, to join the Virginia Cavaliers coaching staff, April 1, 2009. Exactly six years later, Liberty University Athletic Director Jeff Barber announced McKay would once again take over as head […]

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Coach returns to men’s basketball program

Liberty University Athletic Director Jeff Barber announced that former University of Virginia (UVA) Assistant Coach Ritchie McKay will take over as head coach of the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team. The month-long coaching search came to a conclusion Wednesday, April 1 at a press conference held in Williams Stadium, where Barber made the announcement. McKay is no stranger to Liberty, […]

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Feeling at home

Theo Johnson is red-hot going into Big South tourney Sacramento, California. Charleston, South Carolina. And now, Lynchburg, Virginia. This was the journey taken by Theo Johnson, the Flames men’s basketball team’s active leading scorer. And this was no short journey. The transfer student out of College of Charleston is having the best season of his career, but the scary thing […]

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Lancers clip Flames

Longwood completes season sweep with close win The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (7-22, 1-15 Big South) continued its regular-season struggles after falling to the Longwood Lancers (8-21, 4-12 Big South), 78-72, Feb. 17. In the second matchup between these two teams this season, Longwood wasted little time getting on the scoreboard when junior guard Leron Fisher nailed a wide-open […]

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Trials and triumphs of training

Aaron Schreiner works behind the scenes to ensure student-athletes’ safety When athletes go crashing to the floor, audiences are silenced, doing the only thing they know how to do — wait. But in those moments, while everyone else is frozen in fear, athletic trainers, including Liberty’s men’s basketball trainer Aaron Schreiner, jump into action. While athletic trainers are noticed when […]

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Big South streak halts

Men’s basketball wins first conference game of the season over Campbell The drought is over. Liberty men’s basketball finally tacked a conference victory onto its record with a 73-60 home victory over Campbell Tuesday, Feb. 10. Redshirt freshman guard Ryan Kemrite’s onslaught of three pointers early in the second half sparked the Flames (7-20, 1-13 Big South), and they never […]

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Slow start for Flames

2014-15 men’s basketball team trudges through the first half of the season Singer Barbara Cook once told us in her legendary voice, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Unfortunately for Liberty, she may have been onto something. After an 85-71 defeat against conference opponent Longwood Lancers (6-13, 2-4 Big South), the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team extended […]

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Big South preview

A look at this year’s crop of men’s basketball squads 1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers The reigning Big South tournament champions return virtually every key player from last year’s squad, setting themselves up nicely for a repeat bid. Big-time schools will envy the Chants three-man backcourt of Warren Gillis, Josh Cameron and Elijah Wilson. African-born big men Badou Diagne and Michael […]

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Ready for tipoff

Layer’s annual training camp helps squad build conditioning “You have to go through something to be something.” Those words, spoken by Head Coach Dale Layer, are the heart of Liberty men’s basketball’s annual “boot camp” week. It is a tradition that marks the start of preseason each year: seven days of 5:55 — not to be confused with 6 — […]

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Flames represent nations

Tomasz Gielo and Peter Moller play for home countries in European tourney During this past summer, while the rest of the Flames were preparing for the upcoming season, two Liberty Flames basketball players were back in their native countries, preparing for one of Europe’s largest tournaments. EuroBasket 2015 plays host to some of the best European national basketball teams, and […]

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Men’s b-ball wins Laguna Madre title

The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (3-5) competed in the Corpus Christi Challenge Nov. 23-30, claiming the Laguna Madre Division Championship after defeating the Sam Houston State Bearkats (5-3) 62-58 Saturday, Nov. 30. The Flames held the Bearkats to 33 percent shooting from the field and outrebounded Sam Houston State, 41-32. Forward Antwan Burrus finished with a game-high 15 points […]

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Searching for repeat

Last season, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team shocked not only the Big South Conference (BSC) but the entire country, being only the second team to win its conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament with 20 losses since Coppin State University did it in 2008. With the regular season approaching, the Flames have a deeper and healthier […]

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